Redsun Developments has acquired a four-acre site fronting Derby Road in the north Liverpool docklands from the Homes & Communities Agency, and will begin a £5m development later this year.
The site is the former Canada Dock Railway Station, which opened in 1870. The station last operated as part of the railway in 1982 and has since laid vacant and derelict.
Redsun secured planning consent in April 2015 to develop a 30,000 sq ft unit on half of the site, with construction scheduled to start later this year.
There are no fixed plans for the remainder of the site, which is being marketed as Canada Dock Exchange. Redsun has instructed Bilfinger GVA and Roy Backhouse & Co to source potential occupiers.
Nick Wightman of Redsun Developments, said: “Canada Dock Exchange will be the first new development on this site in nearly 150 years. It’s in a great location and a real part of Liverpool’s industrial history. We relish taking on tricky brownfield sites like this and don’t plan on wasting any time in bringing this development forward.
“There’s very few sites of this prominence in north Liverpool so we expect there to be strong demand from occupiers wanting both A-road visibility and proximity to the SUPERport.”
Redsun is currently on site delivering its 75,000 sq ft innovate:speke development at Venture Point Business Park in Liverpool and the 90,000 sq ft Turbine Business Park scheme in Birkenhead.